Jeffrey Sweet will bring his solo show, 'You Only Shoot the Ones You Love,' to The Wilmette Theatre Friday, Sept. 21, in a performance sponsored by The Wilmette Beacon.
September 13, 2012
Some kids dream of running away from home and coming to New York. Jeffrey Sweet did just that, only to learn that he needed to go back to Chicago to find the artists and ways of working that would affect him for the rest of his life.
"You Only Shoot the Ones You Love" is a 75-minute solo show from Sweet that weaves an anecdotal history of improvisation and comedy in the 20th century, and it is coming to The Wilmette Theatre at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, in a event sponsored by The Wilmette Beacon.
"If you have any interest in improv comedy history, this is a show not to be missed," said Hy Bender of Best New York Comedy.
A veteran of the Chicago theater scene, Sweet has been represented as a playwright by such hits as Flyovers, Porch, The Value of Names, The Action Against Sol Schumann, Bluff, and Court-Martial at Fort Devens (which have also played in New York and onstage around the country and around the world).
He also co-wrote the musical "I Sent A Letter To My Love" with Melissa Manchester.
Among the actors who have appeared in his plays are William Petersen, Jon Cryer, Amy Morton, Gary Cole, Shelley Berman, Richard Kind, Helen Hunt and Byrne Piven.
Sweet's book on Second City, "Something Wonderful Right Away," was called "a classic" by the Chicago Tribune. He has also written several hundred hours of television, winning a Writers Guild Award, and scripted the Peabody Award-winning Hallmark presentation, "Pack of Lies," which starred Ellen Burstyn and Alan Bates.
Sweet also serves on the Council of the Dramatists Guild.
Tickets to "You Only Shoot the Ones You Love" are $18 in advance and $20 at the door Friday, Sept. 21. Beacon Plus subscribers will receive two tickets for the price of one.
The performance makes the first in a partnership between The Mette and The Beacon, which will sponsor a special show each month. On Oct. 20, The Beacon is sponsoring the band The Boogers, as part of The Wilmette Theatre's kids rock series on Saturday mornings.
Additionally, twice a year The Beacon will rent out a theater at The Mette for a movie showing in which tickets are free of charge for Beacon Plus subscribers.
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